Time for Six Degrees of Separation!
You can find the details and rules of the #6degrees meme at booksaremyfavouriteandbest, but in a nutshell, everyone has the same starting book and from there, you connect to other books. Some of the connections made are so impressive, it’s a lot of fun to follow.
The starting book for July is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him ‘Wild Thing’ and sends him to bed without his supper.
That night a forest begins to grow in Max’s room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are.
Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king, and then the wild rumpus begins!
But when Max has sent the monsters to bed, and everything is quiet, he starts to feel lonely and realises it is time to sail home to the place where someone loves him best of all.
Right from the moment I saw it was this book, one particular connection popped into my head and I haven’t been able to shake it since so I’m just going with it. My current copy of Where the Wild Things Are was a gift for my children from my oldest and dearest friend. She also gifted to me another book many years ago which I adored and still do, being the first book in what is hands down my favourite book series: Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati. Now, my initial connection with these two books was that they were both gifted by the same friend, but notice something else? They both contain the word ‘wild’ in the title, so double points (joking here of course, there are no points).
From here I’m using the North American wilderness link to jump to Girl in the Woods, a memoir written by Aspen Matis, which documents her journey hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail leading from Mexico to Canada, as a means of dealing with being raped at college.
So while on the topic of rape, my next book is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, an incredibly powerful novel that spent some time on the banned books list in the US. After reading this novel, I watched the movie with my then 14 year old daughter as a means of opening up discussion about the important content.
Speaking of my daughter, she has recently borrowed Star-crossed by Minnie Darke from me, as she has a beginning interest in astrology. This was such a fun read, and you don’t need to be into astrology to enjoy it!
Another book with ‘star’ in the title is John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, which I love! I shed so many tears while reading this book, it’s no exaggeration when I say I was sobbing, head in my hands, the whole works.
Much the way I was while reading The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman…
And there you have it! From Where the Wild Things Are to The Light Between Oceans. Until next month’s #6degrees…